An Outward Bound Expedition is a powerful combination of individual and team challenges, set in the difficult and unpredictable environment of the outdoors. The mix of physical, mental and emotional tests creates an opportunity for lasting change, character development and personal growth. In-service military and Veterans will walk away with new perspectives, mentor relationships and strengthened desire to lead.

  • Create dynamic opportunities for mentorship between in-service and veteran military
  • Enhance leadership skills among peers with varying degrees of experience and tenure
  • Foster respect and appreciation for various perspectives
  • Exercise team and personal character and leadership skills

This five-day Midshipmen & Veterans course is expedition-style, featuring a 50 mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail. On day one of your expedition you will meet your crew and pack up at our base before hitting the trail. You and your crew will carry all necessary food and equipment for unplugged, outdoor living until your return on day five. This means no cell phones, no television, and no electronics. You should come ready to commit all of your time and energy to your expedition, your crew, and your Outward Bound experience.


Backpacking & Rock Climbing

While exploring one of the world’s most famous footpaths you can expect to practice basic backcountry skills including on and off-trail navigation, weather forecasting and preparation, campfire cooking and tarp setup. At the midpoint of your expedition you will spend most of a day rock climbing and rappelling. In addition to your time on the cliff-face you will learn the basics of anchor-building and safety management.

Course Area

The Appalachian Trail stretches more than 2,100 miles from Georgia to Maine. In Maryland and south-central Pennsylvania it winds through rhododendron-filled valleys, stands of ancient hemlock, across dramatic peaks and Civil War battle-sites. Once you experience this piece of ‘The Trail,’ you may end up convinced to just keep hiking.

*Course tuition does not include airfare or travel to Baltimore.

Prospective US Naval Academy Midshipmen

We are no longer accepting USNA applications for this expedition. Please check back for 2018 course dates soon!

Prospective Veteran Participants

Thank you for your interest in the 2017 United States Naval Academy/Veterans Spring Break Expedition.

If you are selected as one of the Veterans on this expedition, please come prepared to share your successes and challenges with leadership throughout your military career. Outward Bound will recruit and select United States Naval Academy Midshipmen who will be coming equally prepared to learn from you and ideally, form mentor/mentee relationships which will last beyond the 5 days of Expedition.

In order to form the best Outward Bound “crew” possible, we ask that you answer the following questions and submit your answers by no later than January 15, 2017. Only fully completed submissions will be reviewed, so please make sure to submit the form.

Our team will review all applications and will notify selected individuals on a rolling basis by no later than January 31, 2017.

Have some questions before you apply? Please email us and we’ll be happy to help.